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Dr. Walter Husar
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Cavity (Definition)

Basically a cavity is a hole, or defect in the tooth structure. It is created by the demineralization and breakdown of tooth structure from the acid attack of ...Read more


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Can dentist fill a big cavity with white filling or would it have to be the silver ugly one?

Can dentist fill a big cavity with white filling or would it have to be the silver ugly one?

White filling: A white filling can be used to fill the big cavity. Sometimes, a crown may be recommended if there is significant tooth structure missing. Discuss this with your dentist. ...Read more

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A filling for a small cavity keeps falling out. This is the 5th time i will have to get it fixed in 1 1/2 years. Should i find a new dentist?

A filling for a small cavity keeps falling out. This is the 5th time i will have to get it fixed in 1 1/2 years. Should i find a new dentist?

Depends: Depends on where the cavity is. If it was on the edge of a front tooth/incisor, those can have a tendency to chip off if you are not careful about biting into hard food. If its in the back of your mouth, with the bonding process being very technique sensitive, if any saliva hits the tooth in the middle of bonding, that can compromise the bond and make it more likely to fall out. ...Read more

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Which are better to get; white fillings, or the metal ones? I already have 8 childhood cavities. And can dentists replace old cavities and how?

Which are better to get; white fillings, or the metal ones? I already have 8 childhood cavities. And can dentists replace old cavities and how?

White fillings: Yes the metal fillings can be replaced with white fillings. We usually do not replace them unless they need to be replaced because of decay of fractcures but you can request they be done. If the fillings are really large they will need to be replaced with a crown ( tooth colored ). The latest generation of white fillings last as long as metal fillings. ...Read more

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To fix cavity, do dentist charge by 1, 2, 3, surface fillings only, or is there extra other than fillings, because dentists are fixing cavity+filling?

To fix cavity, do dentist charge by 1, 2, 3, surface  fillings only, or is there extra other than fillings, because dentists are fixing cavity+filling?

Lots of variables: The fee may vary based on both the number of surfaces and how large and/or deep the cavity is. Example: a large one surface cavity could cost more then a small two surface cavity. Cost will also vary based on what filling materials are used. Every patient and tooth is its own unique situation. ...Read more

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Will that work as a temporary filling until I can go see a dentist for a cavity?

Will that work as a temporary filling until I can go see a dentist for a cavity?

Go to your pharmacy.: Temporary dental filling material is available for purchase over the counter at your local pharmacy. It may seem self-evident, but needs to be stressed: temporary filling material is only for temporary use, and will do nothing to prevent the progression of tooth decay or avert dental infection. You should arrange for professional dental service at your earliest opportunity. ...Read more

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Can fillings cause discoloration on my gums? I had a silver filling used to fill a cavity, and now the gum next to it looks like it is turning bluish or something. I don't know what's going on. Should i see my dentist? .

Can fillings cause discoloration on my gums? I had a silver filling used to fill a cavity, and now the gum next to it looks like it is turning bluish or something. I don't know what's going on. Should i see my dentist?


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Gingival tattoo: Sometimes in the process of doing a silver amalgam filling, small pieces of the excess filling can become embedded in the gum tissue, creating what your describing. The area is not swollen, but is purplish and is close to the filling. It is not dangerous, but if you find it effects your esthetics see a periodontists. ...Read more

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I have multiple amalgam fillings and cavities in them. Will I have to go to a cosmetic dentist to get composite fillings?

I have multiple amalgam fillings and cavities in them. Will I have to go to a cosmetic dentist to get composite fillings?

No: Amalgam fillings are always placed in back teeth. If your existing amalgam fillings are failing and have to be replaced, any general dentist can do that. Cosmetic dentists can also take care of that problem for you, but they focus more on making your front teeth healthy and beautiful...hence the name "cosmetic." Back teeth generally don't have to be beautiful to function comfortably and properly. ...Read more

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Dentist says I have large cavity. Need pulp cap and filling. Decay is close to nerve but not on it. I am nervous about this procedure. Any advice?

Dentist says I have large cavity. Need pulp cap and filling. Decay is close to nerve but not on it. I am nervous about this procedure. Any advice?

Don't be nervous: Once you have the local anesthetic, you won't feel a thing regardless of what procedure your dentist needs to do. If the decay is as deep as you say, prepare for root canal therapy. ...Read more

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If you have one cavity can you get a filling at when the dentist do the filling can they give you braces that same day ?

If you have one cavity can you get a filling at when the dentist do the filling can they give you braces that same day
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Technically yes..: .. but practically speaking, probably not. Your orthodontist does not restore teeth, and if your general dentist is placing the appliances, it would most likely be done after all of your restorative treatment has been completed. You should ask the dentist that is treating you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if dentists want kids to get cavities so they would have a lot of fillings to do, thus making a lot of money?

Can you tell me if dentists want kids to get cavities so they would have a lot of fillings to do, thus making a lot of money?

You got it all wrong: Dentistry, as a profession, has tried just about everything to prevent decay in all patients, especially children . Fluoridation, specialized toothpastes ; mouthwashes, and public education all have brought down the incidence of decay over the last 50 years. There is more than enough dentistry to do on adults who ignore their health to keep every dentist busy for a very long time. Think about it. ...Read more

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I think I have a tooth cavity but i can´t see a dentist yet as am traveling far away.. Is there anything i can do meanwhile?Am i gonna need a filling?

I think I have a tooth cavity but i can´t see a dentist yet as am traveling far away.. Is there anything i can do meanwhile?Am i gonna need a filling?

Tough to tell...: Usually, the longer you wait, the worse and more expensive treatments get. Consider seeing a dentist where you are traveling just in case. Otherwise, keep the area as clean as possible, brush your teeth and rinse often. Not much you can do other than that, short of getting it checked out to find out exactly whats going on. ...Read more

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Dentist took old filling, she told me save tooth but then cavity beyond gum swollen and put temporary filling. What is going to happen?

Dentist took old filling, she told me save tooth but then cavity beyond gum swollen and put temporary filling. What is going to happen?

Extraction: It sounds like you will need an extraction of the tooth. You might be able to save it with a root canal and crown, but if too much of the tooth is gone from decay then it will need extracted. You can then replace it with an implant and crown or have a bridge made. ...Read more

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Went to dentist had 3 cavities filled within 24 hours 1 feel out front tooth called dentist will fix dec 15 why did filling come out and tooth chip?

Went to dentist had 3 cavities filled within 24 hours 1 feel out front tooth called dentist  will fix dec 15   why did filling come out and tooth chip?

Impossible to say: Sometimes fillings fall out due to the bite (opposing teeth hitting it in a non-functional way,) weak bonding or not enough retention, or some other problem. Hard to say without being the one who placed it. ...Read more

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Im embarrass to go to the dentist because I have two big cavities in front on my teeth what will the dr do can I get a filling?

Stop and Think: What is more embarrassing? Showing the dentist your situation, or keep showing your friends your bad smile situation. Remember that the dentist can help your appearance in front of your friends - so get the treatment to not be embarrassed in front of your friends that you see daily. ...Read more

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My kid had a cavity that the dentist fixed with a filling now at her six month check up they state we have to pull the tooth due to infection, why?

Possible infection: Sometimes cavities can be large or deep and close to the nerve of the tooth. Most dentists will try to restore it with a filling first if it is still not in the nerve. Filling is the most conservative choice. But if after the filling the tooth has a new cavity, or the filling breaks, or the tooth has an infection and is not restorable by other means then extraction may be the only choice left. ...Read more

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Filling (Definition)

Any of several materials used to repair a tooth that has chipped, is adversely worn, or that has had a cavity which has been drilled (cleaned ...Read more